Consistency in Officiating: What Every Ref Needs to Know

Mar 04, 2014

Why are some calls made in some games and not others? What are some of the challenges of enforcing a new rule? Those questions aren’t unique to lacrosse, but that doesn’t mean we can’t address them.

As officials, consistency is one of the traits we should strive for, in part because it’s something coaches and players need. You can understand their frustration when a given check not whistled during the majority of a game is whistled for the first time in the last three minutes.

Some thoughts on consistency in our craft:

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Keeping Officials in the Game: Our Collective Responsibility

Feb 18, 2014

Everyone in our sport plays a role in making sure we have the right people in stripes come game day. Most lacrosse organizations recruit new officials annually. They do their best to find fit people with flexible work schedules who may already officiate another sport.

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What is a Concussion? An In-Depth Q&A With US Lacrosse Experts

Feb 17, 2014

Dr. Margot Putukian and Dr. Ruben Echemedia of the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee provide insight into concussions

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'Life-Altering Injury': Getting Ahead of Lacrosse's ACL Problem

Feb 14, 2014

Understanding the knee's complex biomechanics, and how to get ahead of lacrosse's ACL problem

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An Open Letter to the U.S. Men's National Team

Jan 28, 2014

An open letter from the mom of a 10-year-old youth player who spent the weekend in Florida interacting with and learning from Team USA.

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Tips for Productive Coach/Official Communication

Jan 22, 2014

What do sports officials have in common with hostage negotiators, peace treaty brokers and marriage counselors? They must be master communicators.

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Shed Your Expectations and Coach for More Than Wins

Dec 17, 2013

I recently had a teachable moment with my 13-year-old son. He was frustrated by the fact that one of our dogs, Callie—a Great Pyrenees—was leaving a record of her travels throughout the house in the form of soft white fur.

He was tired of waking up with fur in his mouth, fur on his clothes, and generally fur everywhere. He was mad at Callie and he reprimanded her for lounging on the couch. I asked him if he thought that the dog left her fur everywhere just to annoy him.

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Not All Fouls Are Created Equal: How Officials Set Priorities

Dec 04, 2013

The nature of officiating is to react to a play and call it accordingly. Keeping the game safe is the first priority.

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The Darker Side of Goal Setting

Dec 01, 2013

Why it’s important to envision the challenges and obstacles, not just the desired result

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New Equipment Fitting Guide for Parents and Players

Nov 26, 2013

First-time lacrosse parents can face a big learning curve in determining how to properly equip their children for play. The new US Lacrosse Equipment Fitting Guide will ease the process.

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